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Solving sleep problems in children with autism spectrum disorders : a guide for frazzled families
Katz, Terry.
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First edition.
Publication Information:
Bethesda, MD : Woodbine House, 2014.
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146 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
The authors show parents how to evaluate sleep problems in children with autism spectrum disorder. They describe the basics of sleep; the connection between sleep and autism; how to evaluate daily routines and sleep habits; types of sleep problems children might have and what to do; medical considerations and partnering with a health care provider; how to help children transition to bedtime, fall asleep, and stay asleep; and how to evaluate the sleep plan and apply it to new situations like sleepovers and vacations. --Publisher's description.
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Includes index.
The basics of sleep -- Autism spectrum disorders and sleep: what is the connection? what are the causes? -- Research that documents the effectiveness of sleep education -- Evaluating daily routines and sleep habits -- Partnering with your child's health care provider -- Getting ready for bed: things can get better! -- Falling asleep and staying asleep -- Are we there yet? -- Sleeping away from home -- Appendices -- Appendix A: sleep surveys and questionnaires -- Appendix B: BEARS -- Appendix C: children's sleep habits questionnaire (CSHQ) -- Appendix D: family inventory of sleep habits (FISH) -- Appendix E: bedtime routines worksheet -- Appendix F: visual supports for bedtime routines -- Appendix G: bedtime pass -- Appendix H: sleep record.
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RJ506.A9 K366 2014 Adult Non-Fiction Parenting
RJ506.A9 K366 2014 Adult Non-Fiction Open Shelf
RJ506.A9 K366 2014 Adult Non-Fiction Parenting
RJ506.A9 K366 2014 Adult Non-Fiction Parenting
RJ506.A9 K366 2014 Adult Non-Fiction Open Shelf

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Do nightly struggles to get your child with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD) to go to sleep and stay asleep leave you frazzled and frustrated? Pinpoint and solve the problems underlying sleep difficulties and improve your entire family's quality of life with the effective interventions found in this easy-to-understand and empathetic guide to good sleep. This book is based on a multi-year study of sleep in children with ASDs which concluded that parent training was the key to resolving children's sleep problems, and that better sleep leads to improvements in anxiety, attention, and behaviour. The authors show parents how to evaluate both daytime and night time habits and routines -- exercise, lighting, caffeine consumption, bedtime preparation, sleep environment -- to identify causes of impaired sleep and make necessary modifications. Parents are then taught to use strategies -- social stories, visual schedules, visual cues, rewards -- to help their child get ready for bed, fall asleep, and stay asleep.

Author Notes

Terry Katz , a licensed psychologist, has worked with children with ASD for over 25 years. She is co-founder of the ASD sleep clinic at the Child Development Unit, Children's Hospital Colorado, Department of Pediatrics Section of Neuro-developmental and Behavioral Pediactrics, University of Colorado School of Medicine. Dr. Katz is also on the faculty at JFK Partners, University of Colorado School of Mediciine, Colorado's University Center of Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCEDD) and Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabiltieis (LEND) Program.

Beth Malow , Burry Chair in Cognitive Childhood Development, and Professor of Neurology and Pediatrics at Vanderbilt University, is a sleep neurologist with expertise in ASD. The focus of Dr. Malow's research is on treatments of sleep disorders in ASD, with an emphasis toward behavioural approaches. She is also the parent of two children with ASD, and brings this valuable perspective to her work.

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Library Journal Review

If there's one thing that all parents can agree on, it's that sleep matters. Getting children to go to sleep is another matter entirely and a minefield for parents of children with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Katz, cofounder of the ASD sleep clinic at Children's Hospital Colorado, and Malow (neurology & pediatrics, Vanderbilt Univ., Nashville, TN) write from a background of research and clinical experience with children on the spectrum and their families. They present information from their own work, along with results from two research projects-one supported by the Organization for Autism Research, the other funded by the Autism Speaks Autism Treatment Network. This well-structured and easy-to-follow book is written in several distinct parts, beginning with basic information about sleep, sleep research, and the characteristics of autism spectrum disorders that might interfere with slumber. These sections are certainly useful, and, while the book can be read as a whole, the "frazzled parent" can easily head straight to chapters that evaluate sleep routines and provide suggestions for bedtime and tips on how to get children to bed and keep them there. Handy surveys and questionnaires, along with worksheets and logs, allow parents to keep tabs on sleep habits. VERDICT When lullabies and night-lights don't work, this book is the place for parents of autistic children to go. Recommended reading for all parents, as every child could benefit from the research presented.-Virginia Johnson, -Weymouth P.L., MA (c) Copyright 2014. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. vii
Forewordp. ix
Introductionp. xi
Chapter 1 The Basics of Sleepp. 1
Chapter 2 Autism Spectrum Disorders and Sleep: What Is the Connection? What Are the Causes?p. 9
Chapter 3 Sleep Education: What the Research Showsp. 15
Chapter 4 Pinpointing the Problem: Evaluating Daily Routines and Sleep Habitsp. 19
Chapter 5 Partnering with Your Child's Health Care Providerp. 39
Chapter 6 Getting Ready for Bed: Things Can Get Better!p. 51
Chapter 7 Falling Asleep and Staying Asleepp. 83
Chapter 8 Are We There Yet?p. 101
Chapter Sleeping Away from Homep. 107
Appendix A Sleep Surveys and Questionnairesp. 115
Appendix B BEARS Sleep Screening Toolp. 119
Appendix C Children's Sleep Habits Questionnaire (CSHQ)p. 121
Appendix D Family Inventory of Sleep Habits (FISH)p. 129
Appendix E Bedtime Routines Worksheetp. 134
Appendix F Visual Supports for Bedtime Routinesp. 135
Appendix G Bedtime Passesp. 138
Appendix H Sleep Recordp. 140
Indexp. 143